What does it feel like when feeling comes back??
I have been reading these boards periodically since my microdiscectomy surgery at L5/S1 four months ago.
Although my back is feeling much better, and I am getting stronger every day, I have noticed NO change in my numb leg. It was numb to the knee before the surgery, and immediately after the surgery it was numb to my toes. It is still weak, and I cannot really put weight on it. I can't flex my calf muscles or my glutes -- in fact it looks like 1/2 of my butt is sagging (or maybe I'm paranoid about that part). In any case, it's all still the same.
Anyway, my doc has given me the go-ahead to head back to work and I am trying to reconcile myself to the fact that my leg might always feel like this. But I desperately still want it to get better, so...what would some good signs be? Has anyone had feeling come back into a numb area after nerve damage? Did anything precede it, like tingling, burning, etc.?
In short, is there anything I can look forward to as a positive sign that my nerve is healing and I might someday get the feeling/ strength back? Please be brutally honest. It's been four months without a sign...so maybe there will be no sign.